School Year 2021-22
Frederick County Public Schools will be welcoming students back for in-person learning five days per week in 2021-22 with a virtual option for families who choose that option. We are excited for the upcoming school year and welcoming students no matter where they are learning.
Friday, June 4: Family intent form due
Wednesday, August 4: New teachers report
Wednesday, August 11: Teachers report to work
Wednesday, August 11: First day for high school fall sports practices
Wednesday, August 18: First day of school for students
Frequently Asked Questions
We do not know the answer to this question yet. When Governor Larry Hogan lifted the mask mandate, he still required masks to be worn in school. We will implement this direction unless further changes occur. Decisions related to mask wearing are led by state and local health experts. FCPS follows their guidance.
The State Board of Education has indicated that students must be offered the opportunity to attend in-person learning for 180 days next year. FCPS cannot comply with this mandate and maintain social distancing in classrooms. This will also be true of bus transportation.
FCPS asked families to commit to their choice for virtual or in-person learning so that we can ensure we have appropriate staffing to provide instruction to students. Assigning teachers and developing school schedules will occur over the summer, so this information is critically important for the system to have now.
The number of students in each classroom will vary by school depending on enrollment. Yes, it is likely there will be 25 or more students in some classrooms.
Schools will continue to work with families regarding extenuating circumstances prior to the start of the school year. These changes may or may not be able to be accommodated based on the circumstances at the home school or with the virtual program.
Only students ages 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. FCPS will not make vaccinations mandatory at this time, which is consistent with the guidance we have received from the Maryland Department of Health.
This is referred to as concurrent teaching. To the greatest extent possible, teachers will not be teaching students both in-person and virtually. The virtual program will be staffed by separate administrators and teachers who specialize in virtual learning.
Students can still take part in extracurricular activities at their “home” school. For example, if a student in the virtual program would typically attend Tuscarora High, then that student could take part in extracurricular activities at Tuscarora High School.
Some co-curricular activities require enrollment in a specific course at the home school, so participation in these co-curricular activities may not be possible.
Unfortunately, in a global health crisis, we do not know how health metrics will change. However, MSDE expects students to be offered in-person learning for 180 days next year. Any change in that plan would need to come from health experts and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Multiple services and accommodations for students with an IEP or 504 plan will be available in the virtual program. If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan, the home school for the student will convene a meeting to discuss the appropriateness of the virtual program. The IEP or 504 team will outline the necessary accommodations, supplementary aids, and services to support eligible students in the virtual program.
Services for English Learners will be provided through the virtual program. Families will have to weigh whether or not the virtual program will benefit their child given a student’s specific language level. School-based and central office staff can support families in making the decision that is best for their child.
Food and nutrition services will still be available to students via their home school site.